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Thanks to Martin for the location and photographs of a Giant Sequoia he discovered, "near the playground where my son plays. I'm very surprised this one isn't on the list - it's very visible. It's in Stangrove Park in Edenbridge, Kent, between the playground and the main road (Station Road - B2026). It's near the Edenbridge Leisure Centre; the road leading into the car park is Wellingtonia Way, which is a give-away.

I'm a native Californian and have very fond memories of visiting Sequoia National Park as a 5-year-old. When I saw this tree I was sure it was a Sequoia, but didn't have confirmation until I came upon your website and read that "Wellingtonia" hint.
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** UPDATE - June 2014 **
Alex wrote from Eden Valley Museum hoping to find some answers regarding trees in Edenbridge,
"I’m from a museum in Edenbridge, Kent and have been asked to look into 12 ‘apostle trees’ supposedly planted in Edenbridge during the reign of Queen Victoria.

No other information was given other than the man in question thinks that they were redwoods, one or two of which were planted in Stangrove Park. After asking around, a second source of information says that there were some giant redwoods planted all around town to commemorate Queen Victoria’s jubilee. We have been able to identify several of these redwoods around town so far but really don’t have much more info.

I was wondering if a) you had heard of redwoods being planted to commemorate Victoria before b) heard of them being named after the 12 apostles for any reason and c) do you have any more info on the Stangrove Park redwood or any others in Edenbridge? Sort of a longshot I know but I thought I would ask!
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I have no other information about the Stangrove Park Redwoods and have not heard of the 12 ‘apostle trees’ planted in Edenbridge. I've also not heard of planting of Redwoods generally to commemorate Queen Victoria but these details usually get lost in the passage of time. I wouldn't be surprised if there were a number of trees planted for this reason because it was in the Victorian era that the plant hunters were sent to look for unusual plants and one of the trees they found was the Redwood.

If anyone has any information please contact us and we will pass on your details to Alex.


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